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The Silver Horde

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  • Actors: Evelyn Brent, Joel McCrea, Louis Wolheim, Jean Arthur, Raymond Hatton
  • Directors: George Archainbaud
  • Writers: Rex Beach, Wallace Smith
  • Producers: William LeBaron, William Sistrom
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Roan Archival Group
  • DVD Release Date: April 4, 2006
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E3L7LO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #557,951 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Silver Horde" on IMDb

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  • First chapter from the serial The Last Frontier, starring Lon Chaney, Jr.

Editorial Reviews

An early masterpiece, The Silver Horde was released in 1930, the first year of "talkie" films in Hollywood. Struggling against immense local opposition by pursuing the silver horde, celebrated schools of salmon which swarm beyond Alaskan shores, Boyd Emerson (Joel McCrea) and his ruthless rival in the Yukon salmon fisheries, Frederick Marsh (Gavin Gordon) battle for control of the flourishing fishing industry and the affections of wealthy society gal, Mildred Wayland (Jean Arthur).

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "scotsladdie" on November 11, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
It's rough-and-ready action set against the background of Alaskan salmon fishing. McCrea, in his first he-man part, is fighting both for control of a fishery as well as control of his love life. Dance hall floozy Evelyn Brent helps the macho man defeat Gavin Gordon, who plays Fred Marsh, a villainous competitor. Brent proves to be the real lady for him, not the high class Mildred Wayland (Jean Arthur). It's a fair piece of early talking cinema which works as well as can be expected. The scenes showing the canneries in action are interesting for their documentary style. It is seen best as a curio: Jean Arthur hasn't much to do here, as her comedic talents weren't realised yet. The great silent star, Blanche Sweet is shown in the inconsequential role of Queenie, and it belied her status in motion pictures (this was her swan song performance). Raymond Hatton, who plays McCrea's comic side-kick, Fraser is okay. Based on the hugely popular novel by Rex Beach, who also wrote THE SPOILERS.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fernando Silva on August 19, 2002
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
Thanks to Amazon I had the chance to watch a movie, not even listed in Maltin's Movie Guide, a real rarity. The vhs copy is ok, considering its age, and the plotline is entertaining indeed. You have silent movie star, Evelyn Brent, in the leading role, as the tough , hard-boiled, Cherry Malotte, so perfect for the role, that makes you wonder why didn't she achieve greatest stardom in the talkies. Physically speaking she resemebles ingenue Frances Dee (Joel McCrea's wife since 1933), but her screen persona is in the style of an early '30s Barbara Stanwyck type. Also in the cast, a young Joel McCrea, as the regular guy Cherry falls for, a pre-Capra Jean Arthur, as McCrea's silly and spoiled rich fiancée, Gavin Gordon, who the same year co-starred with Garbo sans-moustache in "Romance", as the bad guy, Louis Wolheim and Raymond Hatton, as McCrea's sidekicks, and Silent Screen Star Blanche Sweet, as Queenie, in her final film appearance as a floozy who's Cherry's pal. In all it's a pleasent experience and film buffs will have a field day with it. Very realistic footage of the Salmon Business and some fine location filming in Alaska. '30s fanatics, give it a try.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 19, 2009
Format: DVD
This film, originally made by RKO but fallen into the public domain, is probably not going to appeal to most people, and not even to most fans of precode. However, it is interesting for a couple of reasons. First, it was made in 1930 - that first full year of all-talking pictures, and we are beginning to see the end of some silent acting careers and the beginning of some talking ones.

The story is that of Boyd Emerson (Joel McCrea), a man who wanders into a very unfriendly Alaskan town. He practically breaks down the door of the town lady of the evening, Cherry Malotte (Evelyn Brent), and demands hospitality, which kind of spoils the idea behind hospitality in the first place. Boyd is in love with a society girl, Mildred Wayland (Jean Arthur), but needs to prove himself worthy to her dad before they can marry. He decides to make his home in this small Alaskan outpost and set up a salmon fishery to compete against that of his underhanded and better capitalized rival for Mildred's hand, Frederick Marsh.

Everyone from "San Francisco to Sitka" apparently knows about Cherry's profession, everyone but Boyd. Cherry uses her bodily assets at one point to insure Boyd gets the loan he needs to start his fishery, without Boyd knowing of course. When he finds out what Cherry does and that she did it at least once to help him, fireworks ensue.

Evelyn Brent was a holdover from the silents, and this is the best talking role I've seen her in. She delivers her hook er's manifesto speech to anemic society girl Mildred with gusto that rivals Barbara Stanwyck in "Baby Face".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 22, 2008
Format: DVD
THE SILVER HORDE is a remake of a 1920 silent photoplay. It's set in Alaska, where the novel's author Rex Lease spent five years as an unsuccessful Gold Rush prospector. The titled "horde" are salmon.

Boyd Emerson (McCrea) and his pal Fraser (Hatton) explore Alaska's wilderness. They meet copper miner Cherry Malotte (Brent) and she puts together a business deal for Boyd, as operator of a salmon fishery. Cherry loves Boyd but his heart belongs to a Seattle deb named Mildred Wayland (Arthur). Mildred's jealous father (Pratt) and the owner of a rival fishing fleet (Gordon) try to sabotage Boyd's business. The ensuing confrontation has tragic results.

ALPHA VIDEO is a provider of vintage movies, serials and TV programs, many of which aren't available elsewhere. Their prices are fair, but so is transfer quality of some of their offerings. None have undergone restoration, yet the market scarcity of their material and an honest price make these DVDs a worthwhile purchase.

SHADOW OF CHINATOWN (1936) is another interesting ALPHA obscurity. This Bela Lugosi feature was originally a 15-part serial.

Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 viewer poll rating found at a film resource website.

(6.4) The Silver Horde (1930) - Evelyn Brent/Louis Wolheim/Joel McCrea/Raymond Hatton/Jean Arthur/Gavin Gordon/Blanche Sweet/Purnell Pratt


EVELYN BRENT was a fashion model as a teenager. In the late silent era, she was a favorite of director Josef Von Sternberg.
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